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Book Review: Heart of Fire

Heart of Fire

Heart of Fire

written by Victoria Holmes

352 pages
published in 2006

Maddie is a 15-year-old girl who has lived in her grandparents' country estate in England, ever since her parents died. Her older sister, Louisa, also lives with them--but Theo, their brother is fighting in the Great War (WWII).

The main plot of the book begins when Theo suddenly returns from the war--which is a wonderful surprise for the family. It has been so many years, and Theo has changed so much in that time. He awkwardly tries fitting in with their life at Sefton Park. However, most of the time, Theo is out in the stable with the horses, instead of being with the family. Because he distances himself like that, Maddie attempts to become close with him in his own world. She takes the leap to finally show an interest in horses, so that she can get to know her brother.

She slowly becomes more and more attached to her brother until she uncovers something he has been hiding from the family. It is intriguing and astonishing--it even caught me by surprise! However, by the time Maddie finds out Theo's secret, if she tells everyone it will wreck all the horse riding plans that she and her brother previously had. How much farther will she go without telling? What kind of trouble is it going to cost her?

"Heart of Fire" is a excellent story, and revolves a lot around horses. So, if you're a horse fanatic and love historical fiction, I'm sure this is the book for you.

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  1. Hm, that book sounds pretty interesting, I may have to look into it! =) I'm not so much into horse books, but as you probably already know, I love historical fiction. ;)

    Soli Deo Gloria!

  2. Sounds interesting! I'm not really a huge "horse person" but I'll check it out anyway. :-D

    Have you ever read Twice Freed, but Patricia M. St. John?

  3. Hi Tarissa!

    Wow, it's been so long since I've said Hi! :)
    I LOVED your book review on the Heart of Fire! You did an awesome job!! :)
    I want to thank you for the sweet comments you left on my blog last year! I hope to come back and do more book reviews sometime soon! :)

    Have a great day!